Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The trip seemed to be a time to visit a few old caching locations. After I left the office I wanted to hunt for a few caches, but it was still very cold. I headed toward the hotel finally deciding to stop for a walk along the Erie Canal. Like Stiglmeier Park from the afternoon before, this location is greatly changed from my first visit in spring 2005. When I stopped then, we had just recently started caching. I was up early one morning and decided to stop for an early walk to look for a cache called My Name Is Mud. I had no idea what this trail was like. About 45 minutes later I dragged my completely muddy, scratched-up self back to my car with no find. My trip to the office waited a bit while I drove back to the hotel and had a nice, long shower to shed all the mud. Almost a year later in the spring of 2006, I returned to the same location to successfully avenge a dnf.
Monday, June 27, 2016
It had been a long time since my last visit to Stiglmeier Park. I had great adventures here over a three year period. It was a place where deer would walk up as you were signing a cache. They would never get close, but were often watching. Then my career changed. My travel patterns changed. Stiglmeier slipped away. I was traveling on this Sunday, hoping for amazing spring weather, and looking for a park to visit for some serious walking. It was cold. It started raining... a lot. I found a few caches and decided to leave. The park has changed a lot in 8 1/2 years. The slightly overgrown paths are now clearly marked. The wet areas are covered in boardwalks. Many of the paths are now gravel. For lack of a better term, it is a gentrified park.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Hillandale is an area with a bit of unrealized history. The northern section of the land is a City of Euclid park. The area to the south was poised for development in the late 1920's, but died with the market crash. The land once again became part of development plans in 2008 and once again those plans died as the economy crashed. The remains of the original bridge still remain. It is in poor shape, but can be crossed. It was a grand bridge in it's day and the undeveloped land has natural beauty. The edge of the woods surprised us with a number of spring wildflowers. There were bloodroot everywhere and spring beauty. We found fewer trout lily, but their leaves were present.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Really Phineas, pillows were not created for you to rest while looking out the window for the neighbor's chihuahua.
Phin kept vigil for our neighbors' dogs while Ali plotted out our trip for our 14,000th find. There wasn't much plotting left since we had already agreed the milestone cache would be St. Marys Rocks. It's a 4 1/2 terrain cache and it's in the.... rocks. The decision on the milestone was easy. The planning was what few caches would come before and what might come after. Normally we would just get to the milestone and cache on until it was late. On March 26th late comes a little earlier in Elk County Pennsylvania.
The grey of the day before had been replaced by a bright, blue spring sky.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
With a half-day holiday and a later sunset, it was time to finally re-revisit the Hatch Run GeoTrail. We had both been tentative about a return to the series after Phineas' escape during our last visit to the geotrail. Today, we decided to make a visit to the Collins Pine trails hosting part of the geotour. We both feel safer with Phineas being double-leashed, but are still always aware of his escape artist abilities. Early Easter weekends are always a dice roll with the weather. This one was cold. Not cold enough to risk snow, but a biting cold to keep one moving on the trail. It was also dark grey. As a youth, I always looked for Good Friday to be a bright sunny day. The kick-off to a week of playing. One perfect for basketball on an outdoor court or an early pick-up baseball game. My memory is all those days were bright and sunny. ;) The years can dim reality.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
With a new office location there are a few caches nearby which we haven't found including a whereigo at Moebius Nature Center. The nature center grounds aren't large, but it is a pleasant place to walk and visit. I was hoping for a few birds and maybe a few ducks, but was only able to spot a few red-winged blackbirds near the water. The farm next door has a number of horses. Today they were in the pasture near the nature center drive.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Titusville to Cambridge Springs Trolley Line never came to completion. The grade was completed in 1913, but the trolley never came to be. Today it is a part of the Erie National Wildlife Reserve. This afternoon we enjoyed a walk along the the old trolley grade.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
A cacher was finally able to convince the Erie National Wildlife Refuge to permit physical geocaches. We were very happy to spend time on the trail this afternoon. This old Maverick was a sight from days gone by. It turned at an intersection and we followed it for a bit. This appeared to be a true base model with no external options visible. It looked to be in great shape.